Progressive populist writer and radio commentator Jim Hightower is Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio. We discuss issues raised in Jim's recent article, published in the Hightower Lowdown, titled "What Occupy, the Climate March and #BlackLivesMatter have in common -- and why that should inspire us all," Jim talks about the rise of an "authoritarian plutocracy" in the United States -- and what he sees as "diverse rebellions by those battling everything from poverty wages to police brutality, from fracking to bank fraud, [that] are fundamentally altering the nature, language, content, and context of America's political dialogue and dynamics." We also talk about the unique importance of the U.S. Postal Service and grassroots efforts by the postal union and supporters to fight back against privatization.
Jim Hightower, who was twice elected Texas Agriculture Commissioner, has for years been a major force on the populist left. Jim broadcasts daily radio commentaries, publishes the Hightower Lowdown, and is the author of "Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow" and "Thieves in High Places."
This show was broadcast during Austin radio station KOOP-FM’s spring membership drive and solicitation for financial support for the station has been removed from this podcast.
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz; Photographer: Roger Baker. Apprentice: Jesse Spratt. Rag Radio (www.theragblog.com/rag-radio/)is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (TheRagBlog.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP (www.koop.org/listen-now), and is rebroadcast and streamed on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) and on Houston Pacifica's KPFT HD-3 90.1 on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. (Central). Contact: email@example.com. Running time: 43:12.